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U.N. rights office gets mandate to document Sri Lanka war crimes

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GENEVA, March 23 (Reuters) - U.N. human rights boss Michelle Bachelet was given a mandate on Tuesday to collect and preserve information and evidence of war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's long civil war that ended in 2009.

The Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, brought by Britain on behalf of a core group of countries, strengthening her office's capacity to investigate with a view to future prosecutions. The vote was 22 countries in favour, with 11 against, including China and Pakistan, and 14 abstentions including India.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Pal Alasdair;)